My Florida Escape – and Dream Vacation Giveaway!


Anna Maria Island Dream Vacation Giveaway!

I had such an amazing time in our stunning home on Anna Maria Island!

It’s truly paradise.

Anna Maria Island Sirenia Cove vacation rental

Diane, Karah, Carrie, Beth, Roeshel and I had our very own Girls Gone Wild – island style.

We vowed that what happens on Anna Maria Island, stays on Anna Maria Island …

Welcome to Anna Maria Island

but we can share these photos of Sirenia Cove – the most beautifully furnished and thoughtfully appointed rental home ever.

We rolled up to the island in two Ford Fusions – they have such huge trunks – we actually managed to fit all of our stuff in them and the trunks were brimming after our trip to the supermarket – and the liquor store!

Ford Fusion

Palm trees greeted us at our home away from home.

Anna Maria Island Sirenia Cove rental home

Oar raililngs!

Oar stair railing

Oar railing

Original art, bright colors and comfy furniture spell vacation.

Coastal family room

They had me at pink flamingo.

Pink flamingo art

There is a cute little cupola at the top of the house that’s the perfect lookout for a stunning view from above.

Canal view

Cocktails were flowing in the roomy kitchen and we took turns whipping up breakfasts that we ate on our private dock.

Love the tropical fan

A table for eight.

French country table

Lovely little seating area to escape with a book from a well stocked library.

Love the pink coral and starfish art

Modern outdoor furniture - perfect for lounging

We spent a lot of time lounging here – swinging open the French doors overlooking the pool and canal.

Modern outdoor furniture

Each bedroom has it’s own bright personality.

Love the boat art

Tropical bedroom
We never did turn on the TV – having way too much fun by the pool (there’s an outdoor TV too – they thought of everything)!

Blue chaise lounge

Love this blue bedding
Cute coral lamp
Colorful bedding
Such a fun bunk room!

Bunk beds

We had one stop shopping at Fun and More Rentals who supplied us with the world’s cutest bikes, a golf cart and a scenic kayak tour …

We rode all over the island on pink and yellow cruisers …

Cute pink and yellow cruisers!

and we loved our golf cart – I now want one of my own!

Golf cart

Blogger Trip to Anna Maria Island

We saw white, sandy beaches …

Anna Maria Island beach

swaying palm trees …

Palm tree

exotic creatures …


memorable sunsets …

Anna Maria Island Florida sunset

mouth watering restaurants – our favorite (and most fun night) was dining at Eat Here

Eat Here restaurant menu

Anna Maria Island city pier

and beauty everywhere we turned.

There’s also a free trolly that takes you all over the island.

Anna Maria Island pier

My favorites were kayaking …

Fun and More Rentals kayak tour

Kayak Tour Anna Maria Island Florida

and relaxing on our private dock …

Beautiful home on a canal

with this view.


We couldn’t have all the fun!

Enter to win your very own dream vacation at Sirenia Cove in Anna Maria Island!

Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We’ll never forget our time on Anna Maria Island.


Thank you so much Nancy and Teri of Anna Maria Island Home Rental for inviting us into your stunning home!  I highly recommend Sirenia Cove, or one of their other two other equally amazing rental homes, for a very memorable vacation.


Thank you Fun and More Rentals for the kayak tour, bikes and golf cart!  Thank you Eat Here for a fun night and amazing food!


Disclaimer:  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on August 1, 2014.

Prize Package includes:
• 4 Night stay at Sirenia Cove on Anna Maria Island
• 1 ~ $60.00 Gift Certificate to Eat Here Restaurant Group
• 1 ~ Free Golf Cart Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free Beach Bike Rental for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• 2 ~ Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for 4 Days from Fun and More Rentals
• Free use of Beach Chairs for 4 Days from Sirenia Cove
• 1 – Portrait by the Sea value of $100.00 from Photography by Billi
* Photos to be purchased based on selection from proofs
• 2 Free Shadepops

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  1. this looks SOOOOOO amazing! crossing my fingers!!!!!

  2. You girls are so lucky!

  3. Aubree Seaman says:

    Looks like a beautiful place!! I would love to win this!!

  4. Jennifer Schultz says:

    We haven’t been able to go on vacation in so long, would LOVE to win a vacation to this gorgeous place!

  5. Shelby R says:

    This trip sounds amazing!!!

  6. What a great getaway and great fun you girls seem to have had! I LOVE the railing that is shaped like oars!

    Thanks for sharing! Chloe

  7. I would sit my bottom in the beach and not move for a few hours….do you think the kids would allow that?! :)

  8. i would relax on that beautiful pier!

  9. Jami McClellan says:

    Absolutely amazing!

  10. Gorgeous rental!

  11. Kristen McKnight says:

    What a great time you had with the “GURL’z”!!!! The pics are friendtastic!

  12. Followed you along on your great trip there on Instagram…what a gorgeous house with the beautiful rooms and that view!!!…Nothing like Florida for great sunshine…and I love that “oar banister” !! Great giveaway too!

  13. What a beautiful home! Would love to stay here!

  14. Wow that is a beautiful place all the way around!

  15. Sheila Moore says:

    I would take a deep breath and relax! Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. I would leave all my cares behind, not even looking in the rearview mirror!
    While there at Sirenia Cove I would look for all kinds of beachy things to bring home and make my beach theme crafts, I would take away as many ideas as possible. It would give me a chance to relax in the sun with the sand between my toes, the wind blowing in my hair, the waves lulling me into a creative place and explore a part of Florida I have not been to visit. Sigh……

  17. Firstly, I would search over my beautiful house for the trip and take in all of it’s charm and details… ‘oo-ing’ and ‘aa-ing’ at the site of it!

  18. So glad you had such a wonderful vacation! My husband and I went there two years ago for the first time. We went back this year for our 40th anniversary. There is nothing like the sunsets on Anna Maria! Our new motto is “All you need is love and the beach!” Good luck to everyone, this is truly an amazing giveaway.

  19. Theresa Merkling says:

    What a marvelous location – I could easily live in a house like that one!

  20. well, this would be perfect to win this. My daughter turns 50 this year and I’ve wanted so badly to do something extra special for her. This would be the best thing for her, as she’s a mother of two, grandmother of 5 and is always, and I mean always doing for her family. This would be the ultimate. Please, pick me.

  21. Erin Prohaska says:

    Make a cocktail and go sit and stare at the oar railings! :) Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Sandra Irish says:

    This look absolutely HEAVENLY. I NEED to Win!

  23. Sandra Irish says:

    Leave bags at the door. Soak up sun on the dock!!!

  24. Eloise Luyk says:

    First thing I would do for the Anna Maria Island vacation is just take in all the beauty of the water areas.
    Relax and take in the Sun and sounds of summer near the ocean.

  25. My family would absolutely love this vacation. My son has always wanted to go to the beach, but we have never had the opportunity to take him.

  26. Kelly, on your trolley ride did you happen to get on when they were dropping off two older women at the cedar grove resort? I think we saw you.

  27. Diana Johannesen says:

    what a perfect girls trip….thanks for sharing,

  28. Melissa W. says:

    I would love to go the beach on vacation! Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. Maryanne says:

    Looks amazing!!

  30. The pier/boardwalk picture got me! I want to walk on it and see the ocean for the first time! My Jim and I love walking on a beach and need a vacation. Thanks for offering this! Fun!
    It looks like you had an amazing stay

  31. Go down to that beautiful beach first thing

  32. I would hit the beach immediately!

  33. Lisa Zachary says:

    It looks beautiful!

  34. Patty Morris says:

    I would love to win this and give it to my daughter and her husband. They lost a baby last December and are trying to conceive again. No luck so far so this would be a good distraction.

  35. I’d head straight for the beach with my pre-packed cooler of margaritas! Thanks for a lovely story about this beautiful place!!

  36. dianne a says:

    Wow, this makes me sort of teary eyed just dreaming of such a wonderful trip! How sweet it could be.

  37. Kayaking I have never been!!

  38. Cindy Green says:

    Loved the pictures of the house. :-) We could really use a nice vacation. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance!

  39. Kelly! I’m prego and need a vaca before this kid comes! Lol

  40. Oh My Gosh! This looks like such a fun trip! I love the place where you stayed, and you all are so cute and look like you’re having a so much fun. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win. laurie

  41. Penny Bates says:

    I would mix up a drink and relax for a bit on the private deck!

  42. First thing I’d do is take in a deep whiff of that sea air…..ahhhhh, v a c a t i o n !!

  43. The first thing I want to do is snorkel!!!!

  44. Jessica Gemeinhart says:

    The first thing I’ll do is pour a glass of frozen sangria and hit the sand!

  45. Jessica Gemeinhart says:

    The first thing I’d do it pour myself a frozen sangria and hit the sand!

  46. I’ve heard beautiful things about Anna Maria Island! Maybe I’ll get to see it for myself! :)

  47. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    Soak up some sunshine with my husband. This would make a wonderful belated honeymoon!

  48. So much Fun, and with girlfriends too!!!!

  49. Tawny Miller says:

    Awe…… I want to go! It looks absolutely delicious!

  50. Melissa says:

    Lay on the beach!!!

  51. Katie C says:

    This looks amazing! We’ve been saving to take our son to the beach for the first time. This would be perfect!

  52. Ann Weisman says:

    First thing—put on my swimsuit and grab a cocktail!

  53. Melanie L says:

    Why of course… I’d hit the beach with a fruity cocktail!!!

  54. Ann Weisman says:

    First thing–put on my swimsuit and grab a cocktail !

  55. This looks like absolute heaven! I would love to take my girls from The Crafty Collaborative there! Fingers Crossed!

  56. Kellie Dugan says:

    What a beautiful place! The first thing I would do is take my babies to the beach. They would love the golf cart!

  57. Susan Lindeman says:

    What a truly gorgeous place you stayed at! Loved every single photo and have now added this to my travel bucket list :-)

  58. Leah Romin says:

    This place looks truly relaxing and gorgeous!! The first thing I would do is check out the lovely house and all the details and then I would go out and sit by the beach and take in the views!!

  59. Pamela H. says:

    wanna swim in the ocean!!

  60. Wow! That looks like a ball. One of my best friends always vacations on Anna Maria Island, so I know that it is a wonderful place!

  61. Toni P. says:

    Have a frosty adult beverage and enjoy that view!!

  62. Would love to have my toes in the sand!!!

  63. I would run to the beach and sink my toes in the sand, Thanks for a great give away!

  64. Gail Ross says:

    This sounds like Heaven!!! I sooo need a vacation like this!

  65. Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  66. Lisa Flynn says:

    First thing I would do is just relax on the beach!! Hopefully the kids would play nicely beside me!

  67. Kristin says:

    The first thing I would do is go straight to the beach.

  68. Maureen says:

    OMG…that is the most fabulous beach house ever!!! That would make me feel like I died and went to heaven to be able to spend some quality family time there!!

  69. Susan Mize says:

    What a beautiful place and home!

  70. We live at the beach on the east coast of Florida, but Anna maria is where we come when we want to feel like we are in a whole other world! Beaches, food, and ambiance cannot be beat! Would love to win a trip!

  71. Samantha says:

    Gorgeous beach house….I’d take my family kayaking, that is one thing we have never done here in Florida but it looks like so much fun.

  72. Kristi B. says:

    I’ve been trying to get my husband to take a vacation. Our 5 year anniversary was last year but we didn’t get to go anywhere. This would be the BEST gift for our anniversary September 6th!!! The first thing I would do is go straight to the beach! (After our own trip to the store for some beverages!

  73. Artie Furlow says:

    This place looks so relaxing. I would love to stick my toes in the white sand.

  74. I have been dreaming of the beach for months. My soul longs for the ocean air, the sun on my skin, the smells.. I hope I win!

  75. Kelly, that home is so beautiful! Looks like you all had a great time, I know I would have!

  76. Marsha j says:

    Can’t wait to see the dock & walk on the beach! But, I would have to take a quick tour of the gorgeous rental!

  77. The first thing I would do is take a walk with my husband. Looks amazing!

  78. I soooo love this little island!!

  79. Denise L says:

    The first thing I’ll do is plop myself on the beach and let the waves wash over my toes. I love the beach!

  80. Off with the shoes and into the ocean!

  81. Jennifer Turner says:

    My all time favorite beach! I would have to immediately suit up and hit the beach or pool. Can’t waste a single second inside!

  82. Oh, my! So many things to do upon arrival… I would first drop those bags and run down the dock and jump in the water. Not really, but it sounds great. I would however, drop those bags and fast walk down to the sandy beach and sink my toes in the warm sand; soak in those sunny rays, with my head tilted back, my arms raised high and just breath it all in. Ah! Paradise. And, those bike rides around the beach… Awesome!

  83. what an amazing giveaway and a beautiful beach house. looks like you guys had an awesome time.

  84. The first thing I would do (after touring the house!) is go kayaking.

  85. Kathleen says:

    So so pretty! I would love some beautiful fun!

  86. If I won, the 1st thing I would do when I arrived would go to the beach! This place looks wonderful!

  87. If I win….I will head to the beach! =)

  88. If I win, first I will explore the whole rental, then I will put myself a drink and relax!

  89. Rebecca Weber says:

    I would head to the water!

  90. Anna Maria Island is my favorite place. I have many favorite things to do there, so it can be hard to pick a first, however I would go directly to the beautiful beach and put my toes in the sand!

  91. I would immediately open the windows to hear the waves and enjoy a relaxing and refreshing dip in the ocean.
    Vacation time!

  92. I would go look for some shark’s teeth on the beach.

  93. Bette P. says:

    White sandy beach looks heavenly! What a dream trip! Crossing my fingers!

  94. Stephanie T says:

    Florida is a dream. A beach vacation is long overdue for us. This would be great!

  95. Carrie G says:

    Go to the beach!!!

  96. Dorothy says:

    What a weekend you had! The first thing I would do at Anna Maria is hit the beach barefoot!

  97. Would love to win! Anna Maria Island is one of our favorite places:)

  98. Lindsay English says:

    Enjoy a cocktail and the views!

  99. Sharon Lynn says:

    Such a beautiful home :-)!!!
    The first thing I would want to do is run to the beach :-)
    Thank you for the opportunity and God Bless You :-)

  100. I would love to put a drink in my hand and my feet in the sand!

  101. Get in the water! Yaaassss!

  102. I would grab my book and a beverage and start the lounging as soon as possible! What a great prize package!

  103. Love love love.

  104. We’re headed to Florida next year anyway, and were looking for a great place to stay. Thanks for the opportunity!

  105. Lea Ann says:

    I’m in love with Anna Maria Island we have stayed once and can’t wait to return!

  106. I would love to visit the house where my son passed away last year on Anna Marie Island we vacationed there last year and my son was sick and and we had to cut our vacation short but Anna Marie Island is a little piece if heaven such a beautiful place !!

  107. Shelley says:

    The first thing I would do is put on my bathing suit and take a really nice swim

  108. We love Anna Maria-would love to go again and chill.

  109. This looks like a wonderful place to de-stress. I didn’t get to go on vacation this year, so this would be a much needed getaway!

  110. I love how you made it a girls trip!! Would love to do the same!!

  111. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to go there!

  112. regla penaranda says:

    the 1st thing i’d do upon arriving at Ana Maria Island: dig my toes in the sand!! it’s the best feeling ever & one of my fave things to do.

  113. Carmen Larra says:



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